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 Chief Operating Officer

  • Transformational Role
  • Operationalising strategic business targets
  • Flexible Location

‘Industry First’ and ‘Improve Racing’ are the key drivers for NZTR’s transformational period.  As such, we require a new Executive level role that will enable and contribute to the sustainable outcomes that will drive success for the industry’s stakeholders.

The Chief Operating Officer is a newly created position, designed at executing and operationalising strategic business targets whilst working with the CEO, Board and wider Executive team as they transition into a new chapter of ‘reform’.

This is a great opportunity for a pragmatic and strategically savvy COO to build upon existing capability and experience, packaged with charisma and strong skills in business and transformational change.   Operational excellence will be a critical success factor, so too, will be contributing positively to the internal team and wider industry.

Brave and bold, able to make the decisions required, and comfort working at both a strategic and operational level to execute the transformational projects will be key.  The successful candidate will demonstrate strong financial acumen coupled with sophisticated relationship management skills ensuring new ‘industry first’ initiatives are identified with the ability to follow through to implementation.  This role will reward you with variety and the ability to deliver performance across the numerous and varied projects with opportunities for long term career progression.

Experience in the Racing and Thoroughbred code would be significantly advantageous, and we are particularly interested in candidates who have a background reflecting success in transformational change and industry relationships.

If you have the required commercial and strategic experience NZTR is looking for, then please apply through the Seek portal Chief Operating Officer - NZTR Job in Waikato - SEEK.  Please note, only candidates who are have full NZ working rights will be eligible for this role.




Stipendiary Steward and Trainee Stipendiary Steward

Location: the roles can be based in the Auckland/Waikato, Central Districts or Canterbury areas.

The Racing Industry Act 2020 provides for the establishment of the Racing Integrity Board (RIB) as an independent Statutory Body responsible to promote and ensure compliance with, high standards of animal welfare, integrity and professionalism in the Racing Industry.

The RIB is due to commence operations on 1 July 2021 and will take over the functions and responsibilities of the Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) and Judicial Control Authority (JCA).

Included in the RIU responsibilities the RIB will take over is investigating and prosecuting breaches of the Rules of Racing and brings together Stipendiary Steward and Racecourse Investigator functions for the three codes – harness, thoroughbred and greyhound.

Due to retirements and staffing requirements opportunities will exist within the RIB for Stipendiary Stewards and Trainee Stipendiary Stewards.

The roles include but are not limited to carrying out Stipendiary Steward duties at race meetings and trials, venue and track inspections, establishing effective relationships with industry participants, visiting stables and kennels and involvement in mentoring and training apprentices and junior drivers.

You will need to be prepared to work as a Stipendiary Steward across all three codes.  Work involves a five day roster with a requirement to work outside normal office hours. A knowledge and competence in computer technology is required.

You will need energy, enthusiasm, be capable of dealing with pressure situations, have

a passion for the racing industry and a willingness to embrace change.

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to:  [email protected]

Applications close on Monday 14 June 2021 at 5.00pm.

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Digital Product Owner
  • A full-time position with an immediate start!
  • Based in Waikato
  • Join a focused and dedicated team!
LOVERACING.NZ is the fan brand for NZ Thoroughbred Racing with the grand objective to promote the excitement of our sport. The next step for us is digital transformation to support our customer strategy. This exciting role will help shape this transformation and the way we promote and share the sport we love with more people!
You will be responsible for:
  • Being a champion of innovation to continuously enhance the user experience on LOVERACING.NZ for our current and future fans
  • Working hard to support the LOVERACING.NZ marketing team to share the stories about the sport we love.
  • Developing the schedule, planning and execution phase of our digital projects
Candidates should have experience working in a similar position and ideally have a passion for Thoroughbred Racing. They must have excellent interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal and excellent time management skills.
If this sounds like an opportunity for you then send your CV and Cover Letter to [email protected].
The full position description can be found here
Applications close 25 June 2021 @ 5:00 pm.
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NZTR - Business Intelligence Analyst

The purpose of the Business Intelligence Analyst position is to provide analytical and reporting services on racing specific data and to support business units with funding policy, financial and performance metrics.

The role works with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) across NZTR providing regular and ad-hoc data reporting analysis.

To find out more and to apply please click here

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Software & Systems Engineer (12m fixed term)
Our Role
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR), is the governing body of the thoroughbred racing industry in New Zealand. We represent the interests of thoroughbred industry stakeholders.
NZTR exists to provide the thoroughbred racing industry leadership and direction by:
  1. Ensuring that the thoroughbred code is effectively administered;
  2. Determining its strategic direction; and
  3. Ensuring its health and competitiveness with other sports and entertainment options.
NZTR is also responsible for developing all racing industry training programmes in New Zealand and operates a number of dedicated apprentice schools across the country.
We are based in Wellington and share the same building as the NZ TAB and Greyhound Racing New Zealand.
Our challenge is to make sure that everything we do meets one simple test - what is best for New Zealand thoroughbred racing.

Your Role
NZTR’s Racing Management System (RMS) is made up of various modules including On-Horse, On-Course and On-Account and several online service portals / centres. In order to better meet the needs of the business and our external stakeholders, NZTR have decided to migrate off of RMS onto an off the shelf Software as a Service product called the Single National System (SNS). SNS is already used by and is provided by Racing Australia (RA).

Working within the IT team, the Systems Engineer will be responsible for a mixture of BAU and Project responsibilities.
For a full Position Description click here

Stablehand position

Keen to be a part of team Wexford? We are on the hunt for a superstar stablehand to join our small team based at Matamata Racecourse.

Working with our lovely team of horses, duties will include feeding and grooming horses, and other general stable duties. This position does not require you to ride (although we'd certainly love to hear from you if a trackwork position is of interest!).

Ideal applicants will have experience working with horses (racing preferred but not essential), be a team player and love horses. The role will require you to work six mornings a week, with afternoon and weekend work also available should you wish.

Accommodation is available for the right person.

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we are only able to accept applications from people who hold the rights to work in New Zealand (work visa, resident or citizens) and are currently in New Zealand.

Please express interest by emailing [email protected], detailing your experience.



Groundsperson required
Riccarton Park is seeking a motivated and responsible person to join their team.  For more details and to apply go to:
Trackwork riders/stablehands
Ascot Farm, which has its own private training track, requires two experienced and capable trackwork riders/stablehands to join the team.  Excellent working conditions and pay are offered and, if required, accommodation can also be provided.
Applicants should contact Bruce Harvey either via email [email protected] or by mobile 021 971 009.

Drivers Required - Class 2 or 4 

Full Time - Christchurch, Palmerston North & Waikato based drivers required

Majestic Horse Floats has been established since 1938 and is New Zealand’s leading provider of transport to the equine industry. To ensure our national market leading presence we are developing the size and scope of our driving teams around the country.

Ideally you come from within our industry and have a flexible can-do attitude as no two days are the same and we operate 7 days per week. Your geographical knowledge and customer leading focus set you apart from others you work with.
We have a fleet of 33 trucks around the country and there is interisland and overnight travel expected. You will be expected to work 6 of every 7 days, with 1 weekend off per calendar month.

This is a salary remunerated position.


We deal with a variety of horses some of which may be young or haven’t been handled much, you must have the skills and patience necessary to load these horses safely.

To express interest, please either phone or forward your CV to:
Ward Austin, CEO, Majestic Horse Floats
email: [email protected]
mobile: 027 540 9259

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa and a class 2 or 4 license.


Senior Management Role

For decades Westbury Stud has been known as one of NZ’s leading Thoroughbred operations.  Our commitment to rearing the best racehorses is first and foremost at Westbury Stud, aptly summed up by our company philosophy of Passion, Dedication, Reward.  

Westbury Karaka is currently looking for an experienced and proven ‘horseperson’ to join our senior operational team.  Offering the successful applicant, the opportunity to join a progressive and motivated team at a world class property. The successful applicant will report directly to the Stud Manager and be able to ‘step up’ and lead the operation (or department) when required.

Candidates must be proficient, confident horse handlers, and possess a high standard of organisational and planning skills.  A sound knowledge and experience in the day to day handling and managing of stallions, broodmares, foals, weanlings and/or yearling preparation is essential.

The successful applicant will have a passion for providing the utmost care, education and preparation of our stock with knowledge across all facets of the Stud.   Your enthusiasm and attention to detail with a strong work ethic will see you lead, motivate and inspire our team.  Previous experience in a senior stud position is required.

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we are only able to accept applications from people who hold the rights to work in NZ (work visa, resident or citizens) and are currently in New Zealand.

Those interested in applying should send a two (2) page CV with a cover letter outlining their relevant experience to [email protected] 

Nutrition/Feedroom Coordinator

Westbury Stud is currently seeking interest in positions at both our Karaka and Matamata farms in the role of Nutrition/Feedroom Coordinator. The feeding of horses is a critical aspect of our business and the roles require people with dedication and accuracy in this area.

The people we are looking for should possess an interest and background in horses - but this may not relate specifically to stud work - while the successful applicants would receive full training on the requirements of the role.

Anyone interested in applying for these roles should possess,  

  • Good communication skills, being able to relate effectively to managers, staff, feed suppliers and stockists
  • Meticulous detail in areas of feed quantities, preparation of feeds, ordering stock etc
  • Good mathematical skills, as calculating and measuring accurately is imperative
  • Physically fit and strong, as the role requires an active person with heavy lifting involved
  • Efficiency in the recording of feed purchasing, packing slips, and associated documentation
  • The ability to ensure a clean, tidy, and well organised environment at all times
  • Excellent time management in the preparation of feeds daily
  • Be able to work alternate weekends (not full days), and public holidays as per a roster
  • A forklift licence is an advantage, or be willing to train to obtain a licence

Please note: All necessary PPE will be provided, but people with allergies may find the environment unsuitable due to dust and feed ingredients associated with some components.

Should you have experience in the equine world, in particular in the racing or stud industry, the potential exists for you to be involved in a motivated team focused on breeding superior racehorses. 

Those interested in applying should send a two (2) page CV with a cover letter outlining their relevant experience to [email protected]

Curator/Track & Facilities Manager (for the full job description click here)

Position Purpose: The Counties Racing Club is an established Thoroughbred Racing and Training venue based at Pukekohe Park. The current 2019/2020 Season is a milestone for the Club as it celebrates its Centennial in May 2020 The Curator/Track and Facilities Manager is responsible for leading the team that provides the maintenance and management of the Clubs four turf tracks, sand track, plough track and other horse training related infrastructure as well as the grounds and Park surrounds and all the Parks facilities (excluding the motor racing circuit). The Track and Facilities Manager will be involved in liaison with various departments from NZTR, in particular the Racing Integrity Unit and other related parties to ensure the Club is best placed to continually attract the patronage, be that with Trainers or NZTR, that allows the Club to meet its Strategic Plan.

Some of the key areas include:

  • Leading the team that provide high-quality range of services, including tracks for racing and training activities
  • Maintaining all tracks to the standard as set out by in the NZTR guidelines
  • Provide customer focused safe surfaces for Trainers at Pukekohe Park
  • Directing the team to conduct the Clubs race meetings
  • Liaising with contractors and/or suppliers in relation to tracks maintenance
  • Work in collaboration with the Clubs other Managers; Administration, Marketing and Sponsorship, Events & Motor circuit          

If you are interested in this position, please contact Greg Mitchell [email protected]

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We welcome thoroughbred racing industry role advertisements on this page - if you have a role that supports the breeding or racing of thoroughbreds, please get in touch with us via details below.

Contact: Mary Burgess, Corporate Communications & Media Advisor